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Impact of unilateral sanctions imposed by the European Union

UN rights expert to assess impact of unilateral sanctions imposed by the European Union

GENEVA (16 June 2017) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Idriss Jaizairy will carry out his first official visit to the European Union from 19 to 22 June, travelling to Brussels to gather first-hand information on the negative impact on human rights of unilateral coercive measures imposed by EU members on other States.

“I want to examine, in the spirit of co-operation and dialogue, whether and to what extent the adoption, maintenance or implementation of sanctions hinders the full realization of the human rights of individuals,” said the expert, who will meet representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament and European External Action Service.

“I will focus in particular on any negative impact that EU sanctions may have on the enjoyment of all human rights, including the right to life and development as identified in my reports to the Human Rights Council,” stressed Mr. Jazairy, who will also make recommendations on how any negative effects can be mitigated or eliminated.

The UN Human Rights Council established the Special Rapporteur’s mandate in September 2014, following concern by the UN human rights system and the international community about the negative impact of unilateral sanctions on the human rights of the civilian population.

Mr. Jazairy will submit a report on his visit to the EU to the Human Rights Council in September 2017.


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